Mamure Castle in Anamur by Jens Helmstedt

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Knight’s Castle at Mediterranean Sea in the early morning sun.

Mamure Kalesi is a castle from early Middle Ages, which was used at the time of the crusades as a hospital for injured knights. The castle is located about 4 miles east of Anamur in the Turkish province of Mersin at the Mediterranean Sea.

Origins of the castle date back to the 3rd Century AD, when the Romans controlled the region. Under the rule of the Kingdom of Little Armenia, which was closely associated with the crusader states, the castle was rebuilt. Therefore, there are also architecture influences of the francs in the Middle Ages.

In the second half of the 14th Century, the mighty fortress came under the control of the Turkish Karamanoğulları. After the Ottomans had also got full control over Anatolia, they used the castle until the end of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th Century.

© Photo by Jens Helmstedt

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  • walstraasart
    walstraasart9 months ago

    Impressive, interesting and excellent work Jens!

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Thea!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • julie08
    julie089 months ago

    Great shot :)

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • banrai
    banrai9 months ago

    like gold…. great clarity

  • Thank you very much Banrai. The early morning sun made it so shining like gold.

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • naturelover
    naturelover9 months ago

    Beautiful Castle, so much History, a stunning capture Jens x

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradour9 months ago

    What an impressive building very well captured

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Malcolm!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-D9 months ago

    03.11.2013. Feature zum Thema Architektur in German Artists Gratulation!!

  • Herzlichen Dank!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...9 months ago

    Golden wonder!

  • Many thanks for your nice words!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotos9 months ago

    The warm light was perfect for this beautiful historic architectural composition Jens, very well photographed,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thank you very much for your nice comment Rod! Best Regards – Jens

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartois9 months ago

    Wonderful capture of this beautiful castle…..

  • Thanks a lot for your nice comment Renate!

    – Jens Helmstedt

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Teh9 months ago

    It is illuminating beautifully! Great capture!

  • Many thanks for your nice comment Mui-Ling!

    – Jens Helmstedt

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